One day after she spent eight hours testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Hope Hicks announced her resignation as White House Communications Director.
Hicks reportedly told colleagues she had been considering leaving for “several months” and that there would be no perfect time for her departure. She did not announce a set departure date or what her next job would be.
In her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee Hicks acknowledged telling “white lies” for the President (as any aide would do – how many times have assistants denied that their boss was in the office when he or she was simply trying to avoid a pesky salesman or annoying colleague?), but denied lying about anything connected to the Russia investigation.
President Trump said of her:
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years. She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side, but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
Even the President’s Chief of Staff, John Kelly, sang her praises:
“I quickly realized what so many have learned about Hope: She is strategic, poised and wise beyond her years. She became a trusted adviser and counselor, and did a tremendous job overseeing the communications for the president’s agenda including the passage of historic tax reform. She has served her country with great distinction. To say that she will be missed is an understatement.”
The 29-year-old former model’s first job in politics was on Trump’s presidential campaign, and she’s one of the few staffers who had been with Trump since he took office.